Russia to build own space station by 2023, says Putin
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"By 2023, we plan to create our own national space station in orbit," Putin said.
"This is something far-off in the future, but also necessary for us from the point of view of our national economy."
Russia and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the International Space Station at least until 2024, but future joint space projects remain in doubt, as relations between Russia and the US have plunged to post-Cold War lows over the Ukraine conflict.
The Kremlin strongman said Russia needs its own space station to be able to view its own territory properly from space.
"We use the ISS actively for science and the economy, but from the ISS only 5 percent of the area of Russia can be seen," Putin said.
"From a national station, we should be able to see the whole of the area of our huge country."
"It goes without saying we will bring this project to fruition, and without any doubt, it will be under our control," Putin said.